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New treatment can help overcome trauma
It’s called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and it can help people deal with a wide variety of traumatic experiences that have burdened them for years, such as, but not limited to, physical or sexual trauma, phobias, anxieties and other types of traumatic events.
Tri-County Mental Health Services’ Kim Walker, LCSW, has been trained in EMDR and is one of the therapists providing this treatment at TCMHS.
She recently spoke at a dinner and discussion meeting about the therapy and the exciting results she has seen with her clients/consumers/patients.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (BLS) of the brain which is prompted by eye movements, or other tactile/auditory stimuli such as tapping, tones using headphones or vibrating buzzers which are generally held in the patient’s hands.
The stimulation is administered while the therapist and the client concentrate on very specific components of the painful memories.
In many cases, the activity allows the patient to revisit the experience without being re-traumatized, with the end results of viewing the traumatic event differently and having no disturbance associated to the traumatic event.
In other words, the client/patient is no longer negatively effected by the traumatic event.
EMDR is one of the many evidence-based practices available to help break the bonds of trauma, and has been shown to be very effective with military veterans.
For more information, call TCMHS 1-888-304-HOPE(4673).